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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Classic AmberLeinenkugel's Classic Amber

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-31-2008)
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

lucasj82, Apr 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

KenRapoza, Apr 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Westuh, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I always get suckered into the Leinie's seasonals, probably because it's such a rarity when the local grocery store offers anything new on the left side (ie. the good side) of the beer cooler. It's not because I'm a huge fan of this brewery, as their efforts are usually average at best. But there's always hope...

Golden copper or, sure, amber color, with a nice half-inch cap of foam, which leaves blotches of lace behind.

Aroma? I don't know...kind of boring. Faint caramel and fresh-baked bread, maybe a dusty nuttiness. Just kind of "there."

The hops promised on the label are dialed-down and conservative in the flavor (didn't even detect them in the aroma), while the caramel maltiness leans toward sourdough. Light fruitiness nestled in there somewhere. Nutty, grassy, herbal bitterness mixes with the sour element in the finish.

Crisp and a bit dry. Fairly light body and mild carbonation tingle.

I don't look at "drinkable" as "how many can you pound down?" This is a pretty bland offering and I don't see myself cracking into the rest of the 6-pack. Wasted my money. So, drinkable? Not really. I hope my wife likes it...

Metalmonk, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of gpogo
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear dark golden body, small white head. Very few bubbles. Head disappeared very quickly.

A- Light caramel bready aroma. Not much in the way of hops.

T- Stale caramel bready malt flavor. Oh a whole not very impressive at all.

M- Medium-light body. Low carbonation.

D- Blah. Not that great.

gpogo, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of wheatyweiss
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a light honey color with a small head that quickly dissipates and leaves no spotting.

Aroma is of light malt and honey. Sweet malt and that's about it.

Flavor is two row malts that are abused in the roasting process, which isn't a bad thing trust me, but these bad boys have been KILLED and CREMATED. Hop flavor is non-existent and the SUPER ROASTED flavor I get is from the malt that is more like a nut brown malt than an amber. Burned popcorn is the majority of the taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and adequately carbonated.

Wow, not very impressed after the local hype on this one.

wheatyweiss, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear, fairly light golden color.LAcing abounds with minimal head.
Smell...metallic with rusty overtones...kinda like a rusty wheel after the water is dumped out.
Taste is thin, once again metallic flavors prevail.
Not a very good beer at all. Not a "dumper", but will never buy again!!!

dmamiano, May 07, 2009
Photo of zhanson88
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Calling this an amber is pushing it. It is about as light an amber as I've seen. White head with very little retention.

Smell: Some caramel, maybe the slightest scent of hops.

Taste: Caramel up front, with a very slight hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Overall, I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but it wasn't terrible. Easy to session, for sure.

zhanson88, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

blah! this is about as bland as they come. pours a not at all amber golden color with a minor haze and a decent head, but this looks like a pilsner to me. the smell is very basic too, no indication of those rich amber malts, just a very generic budweiser type nose. taste is similarly bland with nothing to distinguish it as a "classic amber". it is nto a bad brew, but it isnt what it claims to be in the slightest. reasonable mouthfeel with medium body and suitable carbonation, but this will not be purchased again. weak showing from leinys, which usually produces at least B level beer

StonedTrippin, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep yellow color, maybe more like orange with a small white head but it disappeared quickly. Nose is simple, lightly malty, some hops and even grainy. Taste is thinner than I expected. Caramel malt, syrupy, maybe even like a dash of maple syrup. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is ok but I wont buy again.

barleywinefiend, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of BeerLover99
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pale amber, 1 finger head.

S - sweet malt with corn and grain.

T - sweet start from malt with hint of bitter in the finish.

M - light body, with average carbonation.

D - I didn't understand the hype behind this beer. It is just a dressed up macro offering. Not bad, but not good either.

BeerLover99, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of babaracas
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off, the brewer's website lists as an all-malt lager, which makes sense.

Pours a clear amber, zero head retention, lacing for an inch. Smell: astringent graininess, bread, faintest of caramel. Taste: pale malt, grainy, brief appearance by some Munich-ish malts, and a jumbled mess of the hops they list on the label. Thin and overly carbonated. A messy stab at an all malt lager, with a name that doesn't fit.

babaracas, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poker leftovers! Let's see what this has in store. Poured into a nonic pint glass, while I stole it from you when you weren't looking!

Off the pour, a white simple foamy head that barely makes two fingers. Settles to a decent puck, on top of a crystal clear bronze red body. Lots of cola carbonation stuck to the sides of the glass.

Nose is off. Stinky off putting malt of some sort, seriously sewer gas smelling, what in the heck is THAT? Sticky and stinky, not fun at all here. Borderline bile and stomach gas, not much else...

Upon taste we find, some malt and sweetness in the palate. A simple based malt body, but also some really fizzy mouthfeel and sharpness. Aftertaste has a sweetness but also carbon dioxide quality. Fizzyness takes away from the palate, giving a real club soda taste more than anything.

Overall, I have no desire to drink this again, there is really nothing going on here, except noticeable faults and problems. Drinkability is practically near zero for me.

smakawhat, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Goliath
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a one inch off white head. There is good head retention and no visible lacing at this point.

The aroma is basic. Smells like an adjunct lager. Pale bready malt and nothing else really.

The taste is basic as well. Again, pale bready malt and not much else.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and silky smooth.

Overall it's an entry level beer. Definitely not a great American Amber and it has a lot of Adjunct Lager qualities. I find it more pallatable, but still very basic. I see this beer as a gateway and can appreciate it at that level.

Goliath, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of delta490
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Date on bottle says May 27 13, but no idea if that's drink by, sell by, or made on. I'm pretty confident that it isn't the last one.

A- poured a medium clear amber with a creamier white head. Head didn't last long at all.

S- Nondescript. Some malty sweetness. Noted a metallic sharpness on one whiff but that went away.

T- Again, nothing overawing. Some mild malt sweetness and a slight bitterness. But nothing distinct you can place.

M- thinner and fizzy, although there is almost no carbonation so how they pull that off, I have no idea.

O- based on its initial appearance, this looks like it should be a better beer than it is. Nothing worth pursuing again.

delta490, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of jwinship83
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the summer mixed 12 pack. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent pale amber colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is quick to fade and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- very faint odor coming from this one. the first things i notice are toasted bready malts and a little bit of sweet caramel. a hint of nuttiness. earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste is pretty weak also. sweet caramel and toasted bread start this one off. a small amount of hard to distinguish fruits. theres an earthy/metallic finish.

M- light bodied and fizzy. theres a strange metallic aftertaste.

D- pretty unremarkable. this isnt one i could have too many of, and i dont think ill be going back for more anytime soon.

jwinship83, Jun 26, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Milkysunshine, Jan 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

gunther1205, Dec 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Lang44, Jan 16, 2012
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.